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The Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U is devoting an extensive exhibition to the internationally renowned Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930−2002).
Featuring over one hundred works, “I’m a fighter”. Images of Women by Niki de Saint Phalle takes a concentrated look at the artist and her multifaceted depictions of women. The show traces their development from the early family paintings, assemblages, and Shooting Paintings (Tirs) to the Brides, Child Bearers, and Devouring Mothers.
Niki de Saint Phalle gained recognition in the nineteen-sixties through her colorful erotic Nana figures, whose diverse manifestations express both a zest for life and a utopian counterimage of female identity. At a time when the debate on self-determination and the overcoming of traditional role models was only just beginning, Niki de Saint Phalle was already a forerunner for a generation of artists who addressed the theme of emancipated womanhood. Even in her early works the artist already occupied herself with political conflicts and the contemporary understanding of roles, which she expanded to encompass an artistic look at the woman in society.
The exhibition is a cooperation with the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the Niki Charitable Art Foundation in addition to further national and international lenders.
Generous financial support has been provided by the Sparkasse Dortmund and the Freunde des Museums Ostwall e.V.
A bilingual (Ger./Eng.) catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition “I’m a fighter”–Images of
Women by Niki de Saint Phalle Texts by Ulrich Krempel, Regina Selter, Karoline Sieg, and Naja Rasmussen. Designed by Frank Georgy | Museum price: 19.90 € | Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin | ISBN: 978-3-7757-4243-6